Burglar ordered to pay back more than £110,000

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A prolific burglar who committed more than 100 burglaries has been ordered to pay back over £110,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

William Vinson, 59, was convicted in January 2012 at Oxford Crown Court of committing more than 100 distraction burglaries in Northamptonshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and in the West Mercia Police area.

He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Following his conviction, Thames Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit began an investigation into Vinson’s financial affairs, and discovered he had 50 per cent equity of a property in Banbury.

A confiscation hearing was brought against Vinson under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was heard at Oxford Crown Court on June 28.

The judge agreed that his benefit from his criminal conduct was £148,136.08, the amount available was £112.676.46, and the confiscation order was made in that amount.

From this amount, £28,953 in compensation will be paid to his victims.

Vinson, of Cotswold Terrace, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, has six months to pay the confiscation order or serve a further two-and-a-half years in default on top of his nine-year sentence and still have to pay back the cash.